Mary Pruitt Katz, 77, of Hendersonville, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, following a brief illness. She was born on July 31, 1941 in Pascola, Missouri; daughter of the late John H. and Pearl Carroll. Along with…read more
Mary Pruitt Katz, 77, of Hendersonville, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, following a brief illness. She was born on July 31, 1941 in Pascola, Missouri; daughter of the late John H. and Pearl Carroll. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Katz, step-daughter Joan Allen, her brothers Leslie O. Carroll and Jerry W. Carroll.
In 1951, her family moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan. In 1973, she married Kenneth Katz and together they raised their blended family, first residing in St. Joseph, Michigan, then moving to Asheville in 1975. They also resided in later years in St. Petersburg, Florida and Bluffton, South Carolina. She and Ken had recently relocated to Hendersonville.
Upon retiring from First Union, she together with her husband, Ken, opened a Wild Birds Unlimited store in 1991 in Asheville. They continued to enjoy working at their store together for several years.
She is survived by her brother Milburn Carroll (Jeanne) of Stillwater, Minnesota, and her children from her blended family: Deborah Grondman (Randy) of Alto, Michigan; Charles Bruder (Terese) of West Lafayette, Indiana; Susan Katz McFall (Mark) of Ann Arbor, Michigan; James Katz of Hendersonville; and Julie Katz (Celeste) of McKinleyville, California; step son in law, Robert Allen; grandchildren: Cortney Howell, Tyler Howell, Scott Grondman (Ater), Christopher Grondman, Tabatha Winter (Jon), Dannielle Bruder (JR), Patrick Hayes (Jacqueline), Paul Hayes, Christopher Hayes, Ryan Allen (Cristina), Cory Allen (Katelyn), Savannah Dudley (Eric), Chelsea Froning (Zach), Corinne Froning (Jake), Keenan McFall (Rebecca), Payton
McFall, and several great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for Mary and Kenneth Katz at 1:00 pm on April 20, 2019 in Battle Creek, Michigan at Richard Henry Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial for Mary may be made to the National Audubon Society (www.audubon.org) or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.aspca.org).
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Richard Henry Funeral Home
Battle Creek, Michigan
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